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Chinese Food and Culture Festival To Take Place On April 22-25

Published: April 15, 2013

CSULB is hosting the Chinese Food and Culture Festival from April 22 to 25. This free four-day festival, which is open to the public, will focus on regional foods and the culture and geography that shaped the cuisine.

The goal of the festival, presented in collaboration with Central Chinese Television, is to improve communication and understanding between China and the U.S. through cultural and artistic exchange.

There will be an opening ceremony and a Chinese banquet in the University Student Union to kickoff the festivities. The ceremony will include remarks from CSULB leadership, a Bian Lan (face-changing) performance and Chinese music. Chinese dignitaries at the event include the Chinese Consul General of Los Angeles, Congresswoman Judy Chu and celebrity chef Martin Yan. During the festival, expert Chinese chefs will demonstrate how to prepare special regional dishes and explain how the regional culture and geography has influenced the flavor and preparation over time.

The festival will also feature a contest for local college students to create a promotional plan for the popular Chinese Television documentary series, “A Bite of China,” to an American audience. Five finalists will be chosen and winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the closing ceremony on April 25. The first prize is a nine-day trip to China, including hotel and airfare and a certificate documenting the award. Three individuals will also receive honorable mention certificates.

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China is a country rich in culinary traditions and this seven-part documentary series offers insights into the geographical, historical and cultural dimensions of what the Chinese people eat while learning about Chinese culture through its cuisine.

For more information regarding the festival and the contest, visit the Chinese Food and Culture Festival website or call Anthea Xu at 800/963-2250 or 562/985-5372.

–Anna Behar-Russell